01/30/15 8:00am

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The National Weather Service has issued a Wind Advisory for Alexandria, Virginia and the surrounding area TODAY, January 30, 2015. 50 MPH gusts are expected. If you have loose outdoor items, you should secure them.

…WIND ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM NOON TODAY TO MIDNIGHT
EST TONIGHT…

* TIMING…THIS AFTERNOON AND EVENING.

* WINDS…NORTHWEST 15 TO 25 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 45 MPH.

* IMPACTS…SCATTERED TREE AND POWER LINE DAMAGE. DIFFICULTY
DRIVING HIGH PROFILE VEHICLES.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A WIND ADVISORY MEANS THAT WIND GUSTS OF 45 TO 55 MPH ARE
EXPECTED. SECURE OUTDOOR FURNITURE AND TAKE CARE DRIVING HIGH
PROFILE VEHICLES.

01/29/15 6:08pm

This is an update to this post and this post.

Station 650 – a green, mixed-use development of 183 luxury apartments are NOW LEASING in the Potomac Yard neighborhood of Alexandria, Virginia. They are located at 650 Potomac Avenue in Alexandria, Virginia.

Check out their virtual tour above. You can visit them onsite Monday-Friday 9-6, Saturday 10-5, Sunday 12-5.

Station 650 is part of The Exchange at Potomac Yard which is a 1.9 million-square-foot development with a planned 800,000 square feet of office and hotel space, 100,000 square feet of retail, 1,700 units of residential, and a new Metro station.

For more information, call 1-844-210-3415 or visit this link.

Station 650 Apartments in the Potomac Yard neighborhood of Alexandria, Virginia

01/29/15 4:42pm

stabler-leadbeater-apothecaryNew Tour Capacity Policy in Effect

The Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum reopens Sunday, February 1 after being closed for two months of repairs and restoration. Projects included plaster repairs and repainting of the historic retail space on the first floor. The repainting is based on a paint analysis, returning the room to its circa 1900 appearance when the watershed Food and Drug Act was passed, forever changing the American pharmaceutical industry.

In order to better preserve the historic space and collection, the Apothecary Museum will also be instituting a new tour capacity policy, capping regular walk-in tours at 10 people.

Visitors can guarantee a space in a tour by calling the Museum at 703.746.3852 to purchase tickets in advance. Beginning late March tickets will also be available online at https://shop.alexandriava.gov.

The Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum in Old Town Alexandria is noted for its outstanding collection of medicinal herbs, shop furnishings, and apothecary bottles and equipment. It also has a spectacular collection of archival materials, including journals, letters and diaries, prescription and formula books, ledgers, orders and invoices. The names of famous customers appear in the documents, including Martha Washington, Nelly Custis, and Robert E. Lee.

For more information, please visit The Apothecary Museum located at 105-107 South Fairfax Street in Old Town Alexandria, call 703.746.3852, or visit www.apothecarymuseum.org.

01/29/15 4:00pm

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The Alexandria Transit Company (ATC) Board of Directors approved the elimination of the add value option aboard DASH buses effective April 1, 2015, at its monthly Board meeting this past Monday. This bold initiative will make the DASH system the first in our region to take the process of adding value to a SmarTrip® card off of the bus.

I’ve heard from readers that there’s been quite a bit of confusion among passengers about this. You see, WMATA allows riders to carry a negative balance on the SmarTrip® card to pay for trips on Metrorail and Metrobus. Many local transit agencies like ATC do not let riders do that. This often causes delays during boarding on the buses.

“The original goal of the SmarTrip® program was to speed boarding and reduce dwell times. Unfortunately, the on board add value component has actually increased dwell times and negatively affected reliability and on-time performance,” stated Sandy Modell, DASH’s General Manager. “I believe that our riders overall will be pleased with this change.”

By eliminating the add value function on the bus, riders will experience a more convenient ride on DASH with less hassle, ease in boarding, and reliable departures and arrivals. ATC is starting a The Plan Ahead…Pay it Forward Campaign will provide many useful tools for riders to learn about the numerous ways that they can add value to your SmarTrip® Card without the need of adding it on the bus.

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01/29/15 2:48pm

Old Town Boutique District Warehouse Sale

Annual Warehouse Sale Set for Feb 7th

Celebrating 10 Years of Warehouse Bargain Shopping

Old Town Boutique District Warehouse Sale

The longest running annual designer warehouse sale is celebrating 10 years next month. The 10th Annual Old Town Boutique District Warehouse Sale is set for Saturday, February 7th in Alexandria.

The fun, yet casual, once a year, shopping extravaganza featuring high-end boutique merchandise will be held at the George Washington Masonic Memorial, located at 101 Callahan Drive in Alexandria, from 9:00 AM-3:00 PM.

Shoppers can enjoy ample parking on site and a complimentary shuttle from the King Street Metro to the George Washington Masonic Memorial.

The event is giving away early entry into the Warehouse Sale to SIX (6) lucky shoppers! The winners get to shop the sale an hour before the crowds so enter TODAY!

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